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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mammals: eye wonder. Written by Sarah Walker. DK Publishing, Tourmaline Editions, Inc. 2015. $11.99 ages 7 and up

"Apes, monkeys, and humans are the most widely known members of a mammal group called primates. A primate party would be a swinging one, since primates are playful and highly intelligent creatures. An orangutan mother and baby stay together for about eight years. The baby clings to its mother's fur as she moves through the trees."

In another terrific addition to the eyewonder series, DK focuses attention on the world of mammals. In double page spreads, children are enticed by full color photos, comically illustrated information boxes, a multitude of facts, and four follow-up games that will encourage new learning.

Kids who love to learn about animals will have much to appreciate when sitting to wander through its pages. There is something new to learn with every turn of the page:

"A hippopotamus would be perfect at the dentist's, with its large mouth and wide jaw stretch. All mammals have distinct jaws, meaning that the lower jaw is hinged directly to the skull."

"If threatened, the Brazilian three-banded armadillo rolls itself into a complete ball, protecting its soft parts. Tough skin and an awkward shape prove an effective defense against most predators."

"The largest living marsupial, red kangaroos live in Australia. They live in groups of about 2-10 animals, with one dominant male, and several females. When bounding at full speed, kangaroos can reach speeds of about 30 mph (50 kph)."   

"Pads on the ends of a tarsier's fingers and toes help it to grip a branch while its big eyes scan the forest floor for insects to eat. Can you believe that each eye is heavier than its brain!"

What's a tarsier, you ask. Well, here's where you can find out!

A glossary, an animal alphabet and an index are much appreciated additions.

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